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BBC America Aquires 'Battlestar Galactica'
The news is all over Twitter, but The Hollywood Reporter finally provided something to link to. :)

BBC America Acquires 'Battlestar Galactica': The cable network will air all 80 hours of the Ron Moore drama.

Battlestar will be part of BBCA's Supernatural Saturday lineup and will debut June 18 at 7pm est. Outcasts will premiere later that night at 9pm. A night devoted to Jamie Bamber? Seems like a good idea to me!

ETA: TV by the Numbers has posted the press release.

Anglophenia: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is BBC America-Bound. (They're all about The Bamber today. :)

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 21st, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
A night devoted to Jamie Bamber?

Except that after June 18th, it won't be anymore. XD

This whole using the slimmest means to justify a show's Britishness (i.e. one or two cast members, even if they are Jamie Bamber who I clearly adore or I wouldn't be here) is actually really starting to grate on me with BBC America. And let me make clear the fact that, on the one hand, I really DO applaud them for recognizing that there was an increasing gap in quality genre programing as Syfy has continued to drop the ball and move away from actual scripted genre shows, and they've made an effort by throwing SO much support behind Doctor Who, premiering stuff like Being Human UK and Primeval, and acquiring stuff like TNG, X-Files and BSG, etc. This is what happens, Syfy when you fail to live up to your (misspelled) name...

HOWEVER... the double edge of this sword is that in doing so, BBCA are failing to live up to THEIR network description, too. So many excellent British shows fail to get a pickup over here because BBCA is filling airtime cheaply with shows that have a tenuous British connection, rather than actually importing new and interesting British programming. I should point out that when I wrote a blog on this topic, I suggested that LOUK would be an excellent and obvious choice for them to import, and applauded when they did it. But there is SO MUCH MORE. (I just finished watching the Olympics sitcom Twenty Twelve and it's flipping hilarious.)

BSG is my favorite show of recent years, I would love it if more people could discover it by any means necessary... however I'm enough of a TV nerd that it irks me that it's at the expense of other shows that would probably do surprisingly well with wider audiences, not just internet-savvy Anglophiles like me. ;)

Footnote: The BSG pickup HAS given me an excellent idea for a funny blog which I can't wait to write this weekend, so well done there. XD
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 21st, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I look forward to your blog. ;)

I think I'd have less of an issue with BBCA's sci-fi buying spree if it was just for one day/night of programming (Supernatural Saturday) and not the bulk of their programming along with endless episodes of Top Gear. There's just so little variety considering there is so much British TV we're not seeing. And why not have a night of classic British comedy? Bring back Black Adder! (And, yes, I'm still waiting for them to announce they've bought the rights to House.)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 21st, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
LOL, maybe once Bravo's rights to House expire...

The comedy dearth is really, REALLY frustrating, because there is so much brilliant UK comedy they are failing to garner an audience for here.

Mind you, some of the shows over there are risque enough that I don't feel they'd be done justice on BBCA. (Him & Her with Russell Tovey, for example - I laughed so much, but man it's SO RUDE, they'd cut it to ribbons.) And they have shown good stuff, like Spaced and I'm Alan Partridge but they showed it ONCE and then never again. (Strangely, the one aspect they are brilliant at is promoting DVD releases of stuff; the DVD releases of Spaced and Look Around You both had solid promotional campaigns at Comic-Con.)

Oh, and The Mighty Boosh... they did virtually no promo when they showed the first series. What happens? Adult Swim snaps it up and the cult comedy audience falls in love with them. Nice fumble, BBCA. :P
greycoupon From: greycoupon Date: April 22nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Well to be fair, season one was co-produced by SkyOne. That's why it aired in the UK months before SciFi ran it which resulted in LOTS of downloading the sps and Ron begging people to wait and watch it on tv.

I've just started watching BBC America the last few months and yeah, lots of not British programming.
jill1228 From: jill1228 Date: April 22nd, 2011 03:26 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Zegeekgirl-preach it honey!

Your post was on point! BBC America is working my last nerve. I get more British broadcasting on my local PBS channel (Spooks, Larkrise to Candleford, and Upstairs/Downstairs)
To add insult to injury, they edit to add in more adverts.
They aren't living up to their name
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